Varhelyi: Investment plan aimed at reducing economic gap

EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi says an EU investment plan for the Western Balkans is aimed at reducing the economic gap between the EU and the region, at leading to economic growth and job creation and at getting young people and workers back to the Western Balkans.

18 Februar 2020 18:11

BRUSSELS - EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi says an EU investment plan for the Western Balkans is aimed at reducing the economic gap between the EU and the region, at leading to economic growth and job creation and at getting young people and workers back to the Western Balkans.

The plan has been discussed at a meeting with Western Balkan leaders, organised by European Council President Charles Michel.

Speaking to Tanjug, Varhelyi said the idea of the investment plan, in addition to everything the EU was already doing in the region, was also to attract other sources such as international financial institutions and bilateral cooperation.

Besides the new enlargement methodology and the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, the investment plan for development of the Western Balkans is the third pillar of the EU's new approach to the enlargement policy and the Western Balkans, he said.

Photo: Tanjug/M. Maksimovic

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